Just released, this seductive and specially crafted wine is the white counterpart to our red blend – Hui Whero.
Grown organically on our estate vineyards in Brightwater, four classic white grape varieties were hand harvested separately at optimum maturity – Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Hand harvesting of the Viognier and Pinot Blanc grapes took place from early to mid April 2015. After gentle pressing and settling, the juice was fermented in seasoned oak. Lesser amounts of Riesling and Gewurztraminer were blended in prior to bottling to enhance aroma and structure.
No animal-based finings were used to finish the wine – so it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
We chose the name “Hui Katoa” (all together) for this special wine to reflect the judicious choosing and harmonious blend of its components.
Residual sugar 5.1 g/L Titratable acidity 4.65 g/L pH 3.3 Alcohol 13.6 %
This a specially crafted wine, combining the best of its four component aromatic varieties. Lifted aromas of apricot, mandarin and floral notes fill the glass. The palate is opulent and juicy with a sliver of sweetness offering ripe stone fruit and citrus flavours on entry and backed by complexity from barrel aging. The mineral finish is finely balanced.
Awards and Accolades
“An intriguing blend of Viognier, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Riesling, the complex bouquet shows ripe stone fruit, rockmelon, lemon zest and vanilla characters. The palate is beautifully rounded and creamy, and offers excellent fruit intensity and a hint of sweetness, nicely balanced by juicy acidity. This is generous and flavoursome, and offers excellent drinking. At its best: now to 2018.” 90/100, 4.5 stars, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2016.